According to the official autopsy report, painter Thomas Kinkade died of acute alcohol and Diazepam intoxication. His brother had reported his long battle with alcoholism, including a relapse before his death.
Opioid addiction is one of the fastest growing diseases in the country. Each year, thousands of people face addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin, which is made from the same substance as painkillers like vicodin. Opiates are a highly addictive drug that also carry with them serious risks for overdose and other severe health issues.